NASL Roundup: Rowdies hand the reins to Stuart Campbell

After serving one game as Tampa Bay Rowdies interim coach in the wake of the firing of Thomas Rongen, Stuart Campbell has been named Rowdies head coach. The 37-year-old Englishman had been an assistant coach after joining the Rowdies as a player for the 2012 season.

Rowdies owner Bill Edwards fired Rongen and general manager Farrukh Quraishi, on Aug. 21 after a 2-0 loss to then-last-place Indy Eleven dropped the Rowdies' fall season record to 2-5-1 (win-loss-tie), although they were still in the playoff zone in fourth place in the overall standings.

The Rowdies fell, 3-1, to Minnesota United with Campbell as interim coach. He played 31 games on the backline for the Rowdies during their 2012 championship season and in 2013 served as player/assistant coach.

“I have full confidence in Stuart’s ability to coach this team to victory,” Edwards said. “Stuart has been an integral part of the club since his arrival, and has earned the respect of his players. He will lead with the stability and unity necessary to win.”

Campbell said: "It is a great honor to be named the head coach of the Rowdies. I’d like to thank the Rowdies organization for the opportunity to coach a team that I represented with pride and won a championship with as a player. I look forward to leading the Rowdies to another championship. I would also like to thank the fan base for their support last Saturday night."

NASL 2015:
Standings | Schedule

NASL Player of the Week
Fort Lauderdale Strikers forward Stefano Pinho scored both goals in a 2-0 road win over FC Edmonton on Sunday.

NASL Team of the Week
Daniel Fernandes (San Antonio Scorpions)
Justin Davis (Minnesota United)
Jordan Graye (Fort Lauderdale Strikers)
Stephen DeRoux (San Antonio Scorpions)
Ibson (Minnesota United FC)
Adam Moffat (New York Cosmos)
Daniel Keller (Indy Eleven)
Leo Fernandes (New York Cosmos)
Jaime Chavez (Atlanta Silverbacks)
Dane Richards (Indy Eleven)
Stefano Pinho (Fort Lauderdale Strikers)

NASL Play of the Week
Defender Justin Davis started and finished a counterattack for Minnesota United's second goal in a 3-1 win over Tampa Bay

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